Favorite Ways to Work Out

We love running at Ragnar HQ. Whether it’s hitting the trails or going for a run in Salt Lake City’s parks, we can’t get enough of running! We love fitness too and recognize the benefits of cross training. You can find our employees out cycling, skiing, hiking, yoga classes and sweating at Crossfit.

How do you like to workout and train for Ragnar? What’s your favorite way to sweat?

These guys like to workout with some sweet dance moves….



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Motivational Monday

Ragnar is more than just a race; it’s about sweat, sacrifice and human connection. We make life long friends in the van, we push ourselves farther than we thought possible and sacrifice for the team.

Tell us what Ragnar means to you in the comments section below.

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Ragnar: Being Thankful

We asked our Ambassadors to tell us what they are thankful for during this season of giving thanks. Renee Hill, a Ragnar Ambassador from Milwaukee, who has run Ragnar Chicago ’11 and ’12, writes about her team experience.

I will always be thankful for Ragnar. I joined a Ragnar Chicago team in 2011, full of complete strangers. Some of them are now some of my closest friends. We travel to races together. We plan crazy running adventures. We tease each other about football. We compare shoes. We get together on a cold January day for beer and football. We are more than running buddies. We are friends.

I am thankful for all of that. I am thankful that I was not afraid of getting in a van with strangers. Instead I looked at it as a fun adventure with other runners. It was so much more. It was the beginning of friendships. I can’t imagine my life without some of these people. Ragnar brought us together. We shared an adventure that no one else understands. Each team is unique and I loved each moment of both of my teams. Not all the same runners from year to year. I can’t imagine not having this race on my schedule.

Who would have thought sleeping on the ground would be so much fun? But it is. Or not showering? Or not sleeping? And the inane conversations at 4:00am? Those are the best.

Thank you Ragnar and all my teammates.

Want to ask Renee about her experiences? Contact her at: Blog: http://runningtowardsomethingnew.com/ and Twitter: @rshill37

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Surviving a Nighttime Run

We asked Amy, a Ragnarian, to tell us how she survives the Ragnar nighttime runs. Read below and get ready to run overnight with 11 of your buddies!

Comment below and tell us your tips and tricks for surviving a nighttime run.

Along with Halloween, haunted houses, and horror movies, fall also brings us shorter days with limited daylight.  For those of us who often plan our training runs for after work hours, this means that a run or two through the dark will be inevitable.  Admittedly, as someone who has to plug in a nightlight after watching a scary movie, the idea of running through darkness used to be pretty intimidating.  But once I learned how to work though the creepiness factor, I quickly learned that running at night certainly has its benefits.  So read up, fellow scaredy cats: below are a few quick tips on how to survive that p.m. run.

Tip #1: No, that’s not the Blair Witch coming after you.  Don’t psych yourself out.
Someone once told me that I must have a vivid imagination because I prefer to run sans music.  This fact was only further highlighted during my first foray into nighttime running during Ragnar DC.  Jaunting around Sugarloaf Mountain Park during graveyard shift hours, I made myself the unintentional star of my own personal horror movie: the crunching noise that I kept hearing was clearly the Blair Witch coming to get me (or likely a squirrel or a falling tree branch), and the runners visibly napping in their Ragnar vans had been attacked (nope, they were probably just sneaking in some shut-eye).  It’s can be a little too easy to creep yourself out in the dark with ridiculous thoughts.  Try not to let you imagination go too crazy — rather, focus on your goals and happy thoughts.

Tip #2: Glow, baby, glow: Be safe and rock that reflective vest.
Nighttime running is definitely not the time to skip out on any safety precautions.  Aim to run in a familiar, well-lit area.  Grab a buddy or your four-legged friend to hit the pavement with.  If running solo, make sure to let a friend know your plan, and be sure to have your Road ID tag and cell phone on you.  And don’t forget to throw on your reflective gear (at least neon is making a huge comeback, right?).

Tip #3: Watch your step.
Yes, it may look a little goofy, but a headlamp is helpful with expanding your visibility and helping to sight your terrain.  Tripping over potholes, rocks, and branches is never fun, so make sure to always keep an eye on the ground ahead of you.

Tip #4: Embrace your inner badassness.
There is something special about running through the night.  I’ll never forget the exhilaration that I felt after completing my 3:00 a.m. Ragnar leg — it kept me pumped me up through the remainder of the relay, and I often tell people how it was one of my most memorable — maybe even best — runs.  And having a sparkly moonlit sky or quiet city landscape as your backdrop as your crush through a run makes the thrill of the accomplishment all the more sweeter.

So slap on that reflective vest, turn up your confidence, and try that nighttime run …you may find out that you’ll enjoy it!

Amy Anselmo is a Washington, DC based meeting and event planner who caught the endurance sports bug a few short years ago.  20+ endurance events later, she’s hooked.  Amy is also actively involved with Team In Training, the largest fundraising campaign of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that trains athletes to complete endurance events while raising money to support blood cancer patients and their families.

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